On September 9, representatives from the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail appeared at a hearing held by the Ontario Press Council (OPC) to investigating public complaints made against both publications regarding their coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his family. The press council will determine whether the articles in question dealt with matters in the public interest and whether the newspapers "engaged in irresponsible, unethical investigative reporting."
During the adjudication process, the OPC, which consists of member of the industry as well as public representatives, will consider each newspaper’s own code of conduct, relevant Court judgments and past decisions of Council in similar cases. A final decision will be posted on ontpress.com at the end of the month.
The OPC was formed in 1972 as an independent organization to monitor the press in the province.